Rare primary source materials reveal overlooked perspectives and little-known or forgotten aspects of U.S. history

Primary sources are critical for teaching novice researchers to think like historians, and to support advanced scholars with new insights and discoveries in their fields. ProQuest’s History Vault spans over 21 million pages of digitized original documents, collected in partnership with renowned archival institutions. These materials provide students and researchers with a dynamic first-hand look at social movements and other pivotal moments in U.S. history to support topics such as African American studies, women’s studies, history, political science, military and diplomatic history, immigration, and more.

Libraries need to provide unique resources curated in alignment with the curriculum and research trends, as well as institution-wide DEI initiatives. Whether working online or on campus, educators, students and researchers depend on primary sources for deeper, more accurate research and learning about historical people and events. However, many of these rare materials can only be accessed where they are held in museums and archives around the world.

At a glance

Aligned to Curriculum

Aligned to Curriculum

History Vault primary resource collections are curated in alignment with curriculum and emerging trends in research

Partnerships

Partnerships

Rare documents selected in partnership with prestigious archives and organizations – such as the NAACP, Chicago History Museum and government records and more – many which are digitally available only from ProQuest

Rich Discovery

Rich Discovery

Detailed indexing and rich metadata mean relevant information is easily discovered and accessed by all users

Making Silent Voices Heard

Making Silent Voices Heard

Inspire deeper research and learning about historical figures and events, including critical social movements like the Black freedom struggle and women’s suffrage, through the perspectives of people who were there

Short Description

Why ProQuest?
56 modules

And growing

21M+

Digitized pages

1636-1998

Coverage

ProQuest History Vault is an award-winning, continuously growing digitized collection of unique manuscript and archival materials, curated in alignment with the curriculum and emerging research trends.

ProQuest History Vault Collections

  • The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Federal Government Records
  • The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Part 1
  • The Vietnam War and American Foreign Policy, 1960-1975
  • Slavery and the Law
  • NAACP Papers: Board of Directors, Annual Conferences, Major Speeches, and National Staff Files
  • Southern Life and African American History, 1775–1915, Plantations Records, Part 1
  • NAACP Papers: The NAACP's Major Campaigns: Education, Voting, Housing, Employment, Armed Forces
  • American Politics and Society from JFK to Watergate, 1960–1975
  • Struggle for Women's Rights, Organizational Records, 1880-1990
  • Immigration Records of the INS 1880-1930
  • NAACP Papers: The NAACP's Major Campaigns - Scottsboro, Anti-Lynching, Criminal Justice, Peonage, Labor, and Segregation and Discrimination Complaints and Responses.
  • NAACP Papers: The NAACP’s Major Campaigns—Legal Department Files
  • Women’s Studies Manuscript Collections from the Schlesinger Library: Voting Rights, National Politics, and Reproductive Rights
  • Law and Society since the Civil War: American Legal Manuscripts from the Harvard Law School Library
  • World War II: U.S. Documents on Planning, Operations, Intelligence, Axis War Crimes, and Refugees
  • NAACP Papers: Special Subjects
  • NAACP Papers: Branch Department, Branch Files, and Youth Department Files
  • U.S. Military Intelligence Reports, 1911-1944
  • Thomas A. Edison Papers
  • The Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century, Organizational Records and Personal Papers, Pt 2
  • U.S. Diplomatic Post Records, 1914-1945
  • Black Freedom Struggle in the 20th Century: Federal Government Records, Supplement.
  • Office of Strategic Services (OSS) and State Department Intelligence and Research Reports, 1941-1961
  • New Deal and World War II: President Franklin D. Roosevelt's Office Files and Records of Federal Agencies
  • American Indians and the American West, 1809-1971
  • Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files, Europe and Latin America, 1960-1969
  • Southern Life and African American History, 1775-1915, Plantation Records, Part 2
  • Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files, 1960-1969, Africa and the Middle East
  • Women at Work during World War II: Rosie the Riveter and the Women's Army Corps
  • FBI Confidential Files and Radical Politics in the U.S., 1945-1972
  • Workers, Labor Unions, and the American Left in the 20th Century: Federal Records
  • Confidential U.S. State Department Central Files, 1960-1969, Asia
  • Confederate Military Manuscripts and Records of Union Generals and the Union Army
  • American Politics in the Early Cold War—Truman and Eisenhower Administrations, 1945-1961
  • Reconstruction and Military Government after the Civil War
  • World War I: Records of the American Expeditionary Forces, and Diplomacy in the World War I Era
  • Records of the Children's Bureau, 1912-1969
  • Students for a Democratic Society, Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and the anti-Vietnam War Movement (1958-1981)
  • Labor Unions in the U.S., 1862-1974: Knights of Labor, AFL, CIO, and AFL-CIO
  • World War I: British Foreign Office Political Correspondence
  • Margaret Sanger Papers
  • Progressive Era: Robert M. La Follette Papers (1879-1924)
  • Creation of Israel: British Foreign Office Correspondence on Palestine and Transjordan, 1940-1948
  • Progressive Era: Reform, Regulation, and Rights (1872-1934)
  • Slavery in Antebellum Southern Industries (1700-1896)
  • Pinkerton’s National Detective Agency Records
  • Nazi Looted Art and Assets
  • African American Police League Records, 1961-1988
  • Progressive Era: Voices of Reform
  • Revolutionary War and Early America: Collections from the Massachusetts Historical Society
  • Socialist Party of America Records
  • Japanese American Incarceration: Records of the War Relocation Authority, 1942-1946
  • Slavery, the Slave Trade, and Law and Order in the 19th Century, 1636-1880
  • CIA Cold War Research Reports and Records on Communism in China and Eastern Europe, 1917-1976
  • Southern Women and their Families in the 19th and 20th Centuries, Holdings of the Southern Historical Collection, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  • Temperance and Prohibition Movement, 1830-1933

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